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Monday, February 22, 2021

Irish Parade Murder (Lucy Stone #27) by Leslie Meier

Irish Parade Murder

(Lucy Stone #27)

by Leslie Meier

Hardcover, 288 pages

Published January 26th 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Goodreads synopsis: 

Lucy Stone's late-winter blues usually vanish by the time Tinker's Cove goes green for its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. There's just one wee problem that not even the luck of the Irish can fix--murder!

After returning from her father-in-law's funeral in Florida, Lucy can almost hear the death knell of her part-time reporter job the instant she meets new hire Rob Callahan. He's young, ambitious, and positioning himself to become the Pennysaver's next star reporter. Adding insult to injury, Lucy only gets assigned the local St. Patrick's Day parade once Rob passes on the story. But before beer flows and bagpipes sound, Rob becomes suspected of destroying more than other people's careers...

It's a shock when Rob is suddenly charged with sending a corrections officer from town to a fiery death. Contrary to the evidence, Lucy seriously doubts her office rival committed murder, and she's willing to follow that nagging hunch into the darkest corners of the community if it means shedding light on the truth...

As an unnerving mystery unfolds, a strange woman reveals news that could change everything for Lucy and her family. Troubles in her personal and professional life are colliding, and Lucy comes to realize that she'll sooner discover a four-leaf clover than confront a killer with the gift of the gab and live to tell about it..


4.5 stars

This is the twenty-seventh book in the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier.

This book started out with a bang. Lucy’s boss appeared to be selling the Pennysaver and she and her co-worker were fearful they were about to lose their jobs. They were just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Then her boss threw her a curve ball.  They not only weren’t losing their jobs but instead he had much more work in store for them. He had bought a new paper and was brining in a new seasoned reporter, Rob, to help fill out the staff. Turns out, the guy wasn’t as seasoned as he claimed. After poor editing one of Lucy’s stories and changing facts to incorrect info, she had his number. He was pretending to be this big city reporter but only had the experience of a stringer.

Best part of this for me was the anticipation find out who Rob was and how he would impact Lucy’s job at the Pennysaver.

As always, Meier’s books never fail to impress me. I look forward to reading each new title. I am sure she already had all the holidays covered, probably more than once, but that is okay with me. Bring it on. Love the mystery here. Love the characters and how it impacts Lucy’s work and home life with every investigation.

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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